Education CS George Magoha. (Courtesy)

A video of Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha insulting an education official went viral over the weekend, with most Kenyans condemning the act. In the 30-seconds clip, CS Magoha, who is surrounded by other officials, is seen questioning the Uasin Gishu County Director of education Gitonga Mbaka concerning the school's state. The Education CS had visited Uasin Gishu County on Friday, November 6, to assess the learning and delivery of desks in various schools.

Unhappy with the answer he received, CS Magoha hurled insults at the County Director of Education who is later walking away." Nikisema wewe ni mjinga ni uwongo (Would I be wrong if I say you are stupid). You are talking about a report and I'm talking about what is here on the ground. You can go, I said you get away from here, wewe ni mjinga kabisa (You are very stupid)," said Magoha.

CS Magoha in Langas Primary school in Eldoret town. (Courtesy)

On Monday, November 9, the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) Uasin Gishu Secretary General Elijah Maiyo, while addressing the issue, called upon the CS to apologize. "We are calling the CS to issue an apology immediately, failure to which we are going to seek legal reddress because it is unbecoming of a man of his stature to refer to an Education Director as a fool," Maiyo said.

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A section of Kenyans on social media who watched the video also strongly criticized how the Education CS handled the issue, with most people saying it was disrespectful. Among them was Kenyan lawyer PLO Lumumba who said, "Prof. Magoha, With due respect, you should not humiliate an Officer in this manner. It is wrong and unconscionable because power relations does not permit him to respond."